On Friday, December 20th, President Trump signed H.R. 1865 into law. This provides a one-year extension for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), including VOW to Hire Heroes tax credits, and retroactive extensions through 2020 for Federal Empowerment Zone and Indian Employment Credit. Continue reading “Important News: WOTC is renewed!”
We are almost at the finish line! As expected, this afternoon, the Senate passed H.R. 1865, Further Consolidated Appropriations, 2020, which contains a one-year extension of WOTC and a retroactive extension of Federal Empowerment Zone as well as Indian Employment Credit through December 31, 2020. The President is expected to sign the bill into law by tomorrow. Extenders’ provisions will become effective on the signing date, and official text of the new public law will be published in coming days. We will let you know once it’s signed into law!
We are pleased to announce that, early this morning, the House Rules Committee issued a Rule and manager’s amendment to H.R. 1865 “Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020.” The amendment grants the extension for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), including VOW to Hire Heroes Act Credits, through December 31, 2020. It also grants a retroactive extension of the Federal Empowerment Zones and Indian Employment Credit through the end of 2020.
Important developments are happening very rapidly. As expected, yesterday afternoon, the House voted 297-120 to approve H.R. 1865, Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, with a one-year extension of WOTC, including VOW to Hire Heroes Act and retroactive extensions for Federal Empowerment Zones (FEZ) and the Indian Employment Credit (IEC).
H.R. 2029 has been amended with the The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act to both renew and expand various credit programs. In particular, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program (WOTC) will be renewed for a period of 5 years, with a retroactive start date of January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2019. Also included in the renewal of WOTC is an expansion in which a new target group has been added to the existing 9 groups. The new target group is the long-term unemployment recipient, which includes individuals who have been receiving federal or state unemployment compensation for a period of at least 27 consecutive weeks prior to their hiring.
Other incentives included in the amendment are the New Market Tax Credit program, also renewed for a period of 5 years, as well as the Indian Employment Tax Credit program and Empowerment Zone program, which are both renewed until December 31, 2016, and Research and Development Tax Credit program, which is made permanent by this amendment.
It is expected that the House will be voting on the amendment most likely on Thursday.
Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady sent to the House Rules Committee last night a 2-year tax extenders bill tabled as a House amendment to a Senate Amendment H.R. 34, “Tax Increase Prevention and Real Estate Investment Act of 2015.” This bill is only one option currently on the table with other options being a 5-year extension and a broader bill making some extenders permanent. Continue reading “WOTC Extension Discussion Progresses”
The Senate Finance Committee overwhelmingly approved a tax extenders bill with a vote of 23-3. In order to enhance passage, only a few amendments were allowed. None affected a number of significant changes to certain tax credit programs in the original bill.
The bill reauthorizes the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program for a 2 year period: retroactively from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act tax credits for hiring post 9/11 disabled and other veterans also were extended for the same period as were the Empowerment Zone designations, EZ tax credits, and Employment Tax Credit (EITC). Continue reading “WOTC Extension Bill Passes Senate Finance Committee”
On September 15, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ton Wyden raised the issue of the expired tax provisions, issuing the following statement on the need to renew expired tax provisions to give certainty and relief to American workers and businesses: